Palmetto Bay

Palmetto Bay celebrates 13 years with a picnic and the dunking of its mayor in a water tank

MAYOR ON HIS THRONE: “If you miss, your taxes go up, Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn quips as he sits atop a dunk tank at the village’s 13th annual Celebration Picnic, Saturday, March 7, 2015. Monies raised from the dunk tank were aimed toward Ronald McDonald Charities and Camillus House.
MAYOR ON HIS THRONE: “If you miss, your taxes go up, Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn quips as he sits atop a dunk tank at the village’s 13th annual Celebration Picnic, Saturday, March 7, 2015. Monies raised from the dunk tank were aimed toward Ronald McDonald Charities and Camillus House. Miami Herald Staff

The village of Palmetto Bay threw a fete for itself and nearly 4,000 residents and guests from surrounding neighborhoods for its 13th anniversary Saturday with its annual Celebration Picnic at Coral Reef Park.

Under occasional threatening skies that doused Miami-Dade later in the day, the only one to get wet during the three-hour fest, which featured 3,500 free hot dogs, 2,000 ears of corn, 2,500 slices of pizza, 2,000 bags of chips and 6,000 cans of sodas and water, was its re-elected Mayor Eugene Flinn who good-naturedly perched atop a dunk tank.

The goal: Dump the mayor in the drink for a fee with a lucky throw. Monies raised go to Ronald McDonald Charities. In addition, Vice Mayor John Dubois pledged $10 for every successful dunk to go toward Camillus House.

“There had to be at least 25 successful dunks,” said Palmetto Bay spokesman Bill Kress.

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